How I Use It
I worked with a small group of mixed ability high school students. I had previewed the site and gave them a little background information about the site and how they would be involved with the simulation. At first they were very interested and intrigued and felt as though they were part of the trauma team After a few minutes the situation felt very real and although they were interested and engaged, a couple of students were getting uncomfortable. The parts of the simulation that worked the best were when the students were asked to do something - set the tourniquet, put in the IV line, etc. They were somewhat over whelmed with the amount of information and they were unfamiliar with much of the vocabulary. It would have been very helpful if the vocabulary was introduced at the start of the activity. In terms of a simulation, the students were very engaged and seemed involved with the situation and wanted to know how the patients were doing. When there was a fatality, much discussion was generated about driving safely, the use of drugs and how to avoid being in an accident.
As a teaching tool using EdHeads Trauma could be very powerful and lead to some much needed discussions. I liked the organization of the simulation, the worksheets and the type of information offered. I think that the classroom teacher will need to do a lot of pre-teaching of vocabulary and set the stage for the simulation before beginning. I am concerned about just how real it seemed to the students and those not exposed to death may have some difficulty dealing with the fatality in the simulation. As an adult I can definitely understand the value of discussions with students about drugs, driving, and death - but I would be very careful and inform parents before proceeding with this simulation. Can students learn a lot of good content from EdHeads Trauma, definitely, but setting the stage with pre-teaching of concepts and vocabulary in order for students